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History and mission

Since its founding in 1976, Ville-Marie Montessori, french private school, has offered a preschool program for three- to six-year-olds that is in line with the Montessori philosophy. Our institution focuses above all on meeting children’s needs so as to help them develop their potential, providing optimal conditions based on observation and deep respect.

In 1987, a plan for an elementary school was submitted to the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec (MELS) for the first time. The initiative was in response to parents’ recurring requests for consistency and continuity for their children.

Since then, Ville-Marie Montessori School and Saint-Laurent Montessori Daycare have applied the philosophy and principles of Montessori teaching to children aged three to twelve. Our institution has been certified in keeping with the requirements of the Association Montessori Internationale from the outset of its existence; it is also recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport as well as the Ministère de la Famille.

The school focuses above all on maintaining a stimulating learning environment to help children develop using their own learning methods and creativity while finding resources in the environment to assist in their growth.

All activities are organized to provide a broad choice of experience and learning, and to promote the overall development of each child’s potential. The educational and academic programs are hands-on and must hold the pupil’s interest.

When a child is engaged in a well-structured task, he or she experiences deep inner satisfaction and develops a positive attitude as a result. Our mission focuses above all on helping each child in our institution to develop:


1 Self-confidence and self-esteem.
2 Constant curiosity and desire to learn.
3 Work habits rooted in concentration and self-discipline.
4 An ability to choose, engage and judge.
5 Initiative and perseverance.
6 Inner well-being and order.
7 Social skills focused on sharing and mutual assistance.
8 Creativity and imagination.
9 Self-reliance and independence from the adult.

Ville-Marie Montessori School aspires to assist the development and growth of human potential by considering “education as an aid to life.”